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Gluten-Free Pistachio Rosewater Brownies

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Treat your loved ones to something a little extra special this Sunday, and completely guilt-free. The combination of rose water and pistachio creates an elegant twist on an indulgent classic.

INGREDIENTS

3 1/2 oz (100 g) organic, unsweetened dark chocolate (find out how to make the best choice here)
2 cups almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup crushed pistachios
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 eggs (or 1 tbsp ground chia + 1/4 warm water)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp rosewater
rose petals & crushed pistachios to decorate

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  3. Melt the chocolate over low heat or use a double boiler.
  4. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Combine all wet ingredients in your food processor or blender.
  6. Add the melted chocolate and combine until smooth- should be creamy, not too dry.
  7. Mix wet ingredients into the dry, and mix well.
  8. Pour batter into the pan, smooth it out with a spatula & bake it for about 25-30 minutes.
  9. Insert a toothpick in to make sure cooked through. They should be firm when you press down.
  10. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  11. Sprinkle with some extra crushed pistachios and rose petals, for an extra touch.

Sunday Reflections

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Wow, it’s so great to be home after a few weeks. Happy Sunday #friendsofTenaciousM!

Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

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Ohhh, I’ve got it bad. Get ready for a flavor adventure! These amazing cupcakes starring dark chocolate and…wait for it…bacon! Strong brewed coffee and buttermilk are the other secret ingredients here that produce a moist, rich cupcake. Top with your favorite chocolate frosting, a sprinkling of crumbled bacon, and a dusting of cocoa powder.

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Ingredients

12 slices bacon

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 eggs

1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk and oil. Stir just until blended. Mix in 3/4 of the bacon, reserving the rest for garnish. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting and sprinkle reserved bacon crumbles on top. Dust with additional cocoa powder.

Chocolate Toffee Matzah Crunch

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My new go to Sunday brunch chocolate recipe is this Chocolate Toffee Matzah Crunch.  You’ll find that it is easy and delicious as well!

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 INGREDIENTS

4-5 sheets of matzah

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

12 oz. dark chocolate

PREPARATION

Preheat over to 350F/175C

Cover a tray with baking paper. Fill the tray with the matzah sheets, breaking them to fill the entire tray.

Melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir constantly and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes constantly stirring. This should dissolve the bits of sugar.

Pour over matzah and spread evenly with a spatula.

Bake for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it and don’t let it burn.

While the matzah is still hot, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the matzah and let it sit for 5 minutes. Spread the chocolate with a spatula. Then add sea salt or chopped nuts.

Chill for 30 minutes then cut into squares. Serve cold.

Samoas Cookie Pie

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Thin Mints and Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout cookies and since I already have a fast, easy, no-bake, and foolproof Thin Mints recipe, it was time to tackle Samoas.

 

The textures and flavors are all there in this giant Samoa cookie. Gooey, chewy, sticky, sweet, and wonderful. Dare I say this may even be better than the real thing.

It’s a fast, easy, no-mixer recipe that comes together in minutes and there’s nothing fussy about it. Making individual Samoas cookies is way too labor-intensive and this giant cookie is the opposite.

I made a simple stir-together dough for the crust before topping with chocolate chips, shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk, salted caramel, and a final chocolate drizzle.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, for sprinkling
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, loosely laid in measuring cup (not packed)
two-thirds of one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (about 10 ounces)
4 to 5 ounces salted caramel sauce (use homemade salted caramel or store bought, regular caramel sauce may be substituted)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted for drizzling

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish very well with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined; don’t over mix.
  5. Turn batter out into prepared pie dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until edges firm up slightly and center will have begun to set up a bit. It’s by no means done, but pie will be returned to oven to bake another 25 minutes or so.
  6. Remove pie dish from oven, and evenly sprinkle 3/4 cup chocolate chips over the crust.
  7. Evenly sprinkle the coconut.
  8. Evenly drizzle the sweetened condensed milk (just eyeball it).
  9. Evenly drizzle the caramel sauce (just eyeball it).
  10. Return pan to oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until there’s slightly bubbling near the edge of dish and the center has dried out some and looks more set. Cookie pie will firm up more as it cools. In the last 10 minutes of baking, watch it like a hawk because the coconut, caramel, and sweetened condensed milk will all be prone to burning; better to underbake than overbake if you’re unsure.
  11. Allow pie to cool in dish on a wire rack while you melt the chocolate for drizzling by adding 3/4 cup chocolate chips to a small microwave-safe bowl and heat to melt, about 1 minute on high power. Stop to check and stir and heat in 10-second increments until chocolate can be stirred smooth.
  12. Using a spoon (or pastry bag or ziptop bag with corner cut off if you want to be fancier but I didn’t bother), evenly drizzle the chocolate in long vertical lines, parallel to each other, spaced about 1/2-inch apart. Pie doesn’t have to be cooled to add the chocolate drizzle.
  13. Allow pie to continue to cool on wire rack for at least 4 hours (or overnight) before slicing and serving. Don’t slice too early because chocolate drizzle needs to set and interior of pie needs to firm up or you’ll have a literal hot mess. Pie is best fresh, but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I store it by slicing into small wedges, wrapping each wedge individually in plastic wrap, and putting those in a large zip-top bag.

Chocolate-Irish Cream Cheesecake in Las Cruces, New Mexico

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After a short hiatus, I am happy to be back on my blog with more chocolate, love and travels!

This week I had a nice lunch with a co-worker at Salud de Mesilla in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Their “Bailey’s Irish Creme Chocolate Cheesecake” was so delicious that I had to find a comparable recipe. Here is the recipe and some sites from the day.

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups finely crushed chocolate wafers (about 18 cookies)*
6 tablespoons butter, melted*
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 8 ounce package semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
3 eggs
1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
2 tablespoons whipping cream or milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. For crust, in a medium bowl, combine crushed chocolate wafers, melted butter, and cinnamon; toss gently to mix. Press mixture onto the bottom and up the side of a 9- or 10-inch springform pan. Set aside.

3. For filling, in a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and melted chocolate. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. Using a wooden spoon, stir in eggs just until combined. Stir in liqueur, whipping cream or milk, and vanilla.

4. Pour filling into the crust-lined pan. Place springform pan in shallow baking pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until center appears nearly set when gently shaken.

5. Cool in springform pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen from side of pan. Cool for 30 minutes more. Remove side of springform pan. Cool for 1 hour. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours. Makes 16 servings.

Secret Kiss Cookies

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These secret kiss cookies blow my mind, especially if you love chocolate as much as I do. What makes them a secret you ask? A little something in the middle of each cookie…a Hershey’s kiss! The best part about these cookies, aside from how tasty and addictive they are, is how ridiculously adorable they are once you cut into them. Let them cool completely, then take the first bite and see that classic chocolate silhouette… or eat them when they’re still warm and gooey – there’s no wrong way to enjoy these bad boys!

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Ingredients

36 hershey’s chocolate kisses, wrappers removed
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar, as needed

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Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375º F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl or mixer, cream together butter, sugar and vanilla extract until fluffy and lightened in color 3-4 minutes.

3. Gradually beat in flour, walnuts and salt, until everything is fully incorporated.

4. Cover dough and place in refrigerator to chill, 1-2 hours.

5. Once dough is firm and holds its shape, use a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop to measure out roughly 1 tablespoon of dough. Wrap dough carefully around 1 chocolate kiss, making sure to cover it completely.

6. Transfer cookie to lined baking sheet, then repeat with remaining dough and chocolates.

7. Once ready, place cookies in oven and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until cookies have just set.

8. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes, then roll cookies in powdered sugar.

9. Let cool and enjoy!